Commentary: CONSUMPTION[+event] The usage of something, in a general way. Most economic statistics will use this sense, even when they refer to food products.
The consumption of energy has increased steadily this century.
Rich people often engage in "conspicuous consumption" to show off their wealth.
America has a materialistic "culture of consumption".
Typically, there is no production without consumption.
Food consumption is much higher in the United States than in South America.
Sugar consumption is off the charts lately.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 3
Commentary: CONSUMPTION[+event] Refers clearly to using up a resource or exhausting it. Not simply using it.
The consumption of the world's oil supply will have disastrous consequences.
Unfortunately, the complete consumption of our funding only took a few hours.
The rate of fuel consumption is pretty high for some trucks.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 4
Commentary: CONSUMPTION[+event] A special kind of usage. The eating or drinking of a substance, or taking something into the body.
Irresponsible alcohol consumption is very bad for you.
Some fish are not safe for human consumption.
The consumption of red meat can lead to heart and liver problems.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1
Commentary: An old name for the disease tuberculosis, which affects the lungs; also refers to the state of having the disease.
He caught consumption by walking through a boggy marsh.
She has consumption and will surely die from it.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2
Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)